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Fireworks, LED lighting mark 'Bandi Chhor Diwas', Diwali at Golden Temple

IANS  |  Amritsar 

A display and LED lighting marked the celebrations of 'Bandi Chhor Diwas' and as thousands of devotees flocked to the complex here on Wednesday.

The traditional display was a spectacular event even though its timing was reduced to just 10 minutes this year owing to pollution concerns.

The complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, the 'Harmandar Sahib' is located, was illuminated with LED lights, giving it a glittering look.

There was festive spirit at the shrine complex in this Sikh holy city as thousands of people came here to offer prayers and seek blessings.

(chief) of the Akal Takht, Harpreet Singh, read out his message to the Sikh community on the occasion.

The domes, buildings and floors of the shrine complex were cleaned and lit up for the occasion.

The day is celebrated in the Sikh as 'Bandi Chhor Diwas' (prisoner liberation day). On this day, the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, returned to after being released along with 52 princes from imprisonment by the Mughal from in 1619.

The guru and the princes arrived in during the festivities. Since then, the Bandi Chhor Diwas and celebrations coincide at the complex.

Elsewhere in Punjab, markets wore a festive look on the occasion of Diwali but traders said that sales were down.

People thronged various markets in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and other towns.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 20:26 IST
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